This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1993.
With “Jah Works,” the Mystic Revealers have come up with an album that shows
unlimited potential. This relatively unknown reggae band displays a talent that’s not easily
matched - and one that may be more widely recognized now that they’re rumored to have signed with MCA
But until that first MCA release next spring, be sure to check out the sweet roots
sounds on “Jah Works.” The 10 tunes are strong and catchy, with exceptionally smooth
vocals from lead singer Billy Mustic. Although the production seems a little too polished, the
majority of the tracks are pure killers.
The songs are full of choppy rhythms, wailing guitars, flowing bass lines and
especially, succinct, “conscious” lyrics. For example, check out the brief chorus to
War and Poverty
Bringing on strife and jealousy
Is the poor man’s reality
Other standout tracks include the opening scorcher entitled “Borderline,” “Lonely,”
“Religion” and the original version of “Got To Be A Better Way.”
If their future material is as well-written and pertinent as this, watch out for the
Mystic Revealers to be a major force in reggae in the ‘90s.
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